WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (AP) — Colorado will increase mental health services with walk-in crisis centers and a 24-hour hotline under a bill getting signed by the governor.
The proposal is one that Gov. John Hickenlooper and state health officials began talking about days after last summer's shootings at a suburban Denver movie theater. Lawyers for the suspect have said he is mentally ill.
Lawmakers allocated nearly $20 million for the expansion of mental health services, which Hickenlooper plans to sign Thursday morning.
Hickenlooper will also sign a bill that creates a task force to study how to consolidate Colorado laws for placing someone in involuntary commitment.